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Prendergast, Popes & Premier League

Ronan McGreevy Mon, Apr 28
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  • 10:01
    Hi I'm Ronan McGreevy and I'm manning The Daily Wire today.  
  • 10:05

    You are at 4 per cent in the polls. Your party is tanking in the same polls. What do you do? In Labour MEP Phil Prendergast's case, she has called for the resignation of party leader Eamon Gilmore.  

    The timing could hardly be worse for the Labour leader with the European elections happening next month.  

    Ominously, she has signalled her support for Joan Burton who is well known to covet Mr Gilmore's job. Is Phil Prendergast a stalking horse for Ms Burton? We shall see this week.  

  • 10:07
    Guess who is happy this morning?
  • 10:08
  • 10:11
    Way to go for Barcelona defender Dani Alves. Confronted with the kind of ignorant racism which blights football, Alves made a monkey of his tormentor by eating the banana that was tossed at him. You can see it here.  
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  • 10:18
    Trains at Connolly Station were down because of an incident, but they are now running on time.  
  • 10:41

    Liverpool may have slipped up in the race for the Premier League title having been beaten by Chelsea yesterday, but Luis Suarez  has been named the English Professional Footballers’ Association player of the year for 2013-14, becoming the first non-European to win the award, after an excellent season for Liverpool.

    The Republic of Ireland’s Everton defender Séamus Coleman was also named in the Premier League team of the year.

    Suarez won the prize having scored 30 goals in the Premier League so far, including two hat-tricks and four in one match, propelling Liverpool to their best campaign in recent years and within striking distance of a first title since 1990.

  • 10:50
  • 11:06

    Louis van Gaal is hopeful that a deal to make him Manchester United manager will be sealed this week, with the Dutch national coach keen to do so before starting his official World Cup  preparations on May 7th.

    While Van Gaal’s advisers deny terms have already been agreed with United, there is optimism that negotiations can be concluded and that an announcement can be made, even as soon as before the weekend.

    You can read the story here.  

  • 11:27
    Joe Higgins is on Today with Sean O'Rourke. Says he is not retiring from political life but is retiring as a TD. Praises his successor Paul Murphy who he says has impressed everybody. "Make it a referendum on the cost of living and the water tax," he tells Sean O'Rourke.  
  • 11:30
    "All political careers end in failure and in your case it is no exception," Sean O'Rourke tells Joe Higgins. Ouch! O'Rourke points out that Paul Murphy is on 4 per cent. "You've been a voice crying in the wilderness". Needless to say, Joe Higgins disagrees. He says he saved Blanchardstown Hospital, stopped water charges and helped the GAMA workers.  
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  • 11:34

    The volume of retail sales in March 2014 increased by 1.7 per cent when compared with February 2014 and there was an increase of 8.9 per cent in the annual figure.

    If motor trades are excluded there was a decrease of 1.1 per cent in the volume of retail sales in March 2014 when compared with February 2014 and there was an increase of 2.2 per cent in the annual figure.  

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  • 13:11

    Pat Rabbitte has been laying it on the line in relation to Labour MEP Phil Prendergast. He says one opposition party had "wrecked the country" and the other "will wreck it if given the chance". He told RTÉ: "She said what she said and we'll get on with the election."  

  • 13:59
    Love this. Here's a special message for the happy couple, David Jones and his new wife Julia Ann Coleman, from Bill O'Herlihy and the soccer panel.  


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  • 14:08

    Roy Keane has dismissed reports linking him with a return to Old Trafford, explaining that he is more than happy in his role as assistant manager with the Republic of Ireland.  

    Reports in some newspapers last week suggested that Louis van Gaal  who could be announced as David Moyes  permanent successor at Manchester United this week, would be interested in adding Keane to his backroom team.

    But there never appeared to be any real substance to the claims, with Keane taking the opportunity to set the record straight this morning.  

  • 14:16
  • 14:31

    Publicist Max Clifford has been found guilty of eight indecent assaults on women and girls as young as 15 by a jury at Southwark Crown Court.

    The 71-year-old, from Surrey, was found guilty of a string of charges over a period of nearly 20 years.

    He was cleared of two charges of indecent assault, while the jury failed to reach a verdict on another charge.

    Clifford was bailed until Friday when he will return for sentencing.

    He was arrested by detectives from Operation Yewtree in December 2012, and charged in April the following year.

  • 15:21
    Remember the fuss over the Garth Brooks' tickets with fans queuing for five nights in some cases? The promoters have made a limited number of premium and production tickets available. They  will go on sale this Friday 2 May at 9am. Start forming an orderly queue now.  
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  • 16:09
    The conviction of Max Clifford will not be a huge surprise. Far from being a pillar of the community, there was always something creepy about the man who played the tabloid game for decades and was then savaged by it. He has been described by The Daily  Telegraph's religion editor and Church of England priest George Pitcher as  personifying "the new amorality of avaricious, red-top, vulgar New Britain".
  • 16:39

    Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore  has shrugged off the call from Labour  MEP Phil Prendergast  for him to step down as party leader and was adamant he would lead Labour into the next general election.

    Mr Gilmore insisted he still supported Ms Prendergast in her bid to retain her seat in the Ireland South constituency of the European Parliament elections, and stressed that standing by each other was a core value of the Labour party.

    The Tánaiste, asked whether there would be sanctions against Ms Prendergast - who had insisted her call was merely reflecting the views of party members at every level - said: “Look, I’m relaxed about it; sometimes people say things in the heat of an election campaign.

    He would say that wouldn't he, but, there is no doubt that the timing is completely lousy.  


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  • 17:39

    Taoiseach Enda Kenny  said next month’s European elections were the most important for 40 years when he urged voters yesterday to take account of Fine Gael’s alignment with the most powerful voting bloc in the European Parliament.  

    At the publication of his party’s European manifesto, Mr Kenny said the parliament has unprecedented powers since the Lisbon Treaty took effect as MEPs now vote on most EU legislation.

    The manifesto concentrates on the drive to consolidate Ireland’s recovery through the promotion of job creation, financial stability and economic growth.

  • 17:39
    And that's all for today folks. Thanks for stopping by.